Q: How and when did you get started racing?
Peter Terting: I started racing when I was six years old driving karts, My father had a go-kart and I often went with him to his races. I always wanted to drive, and eventually he let me. I was always interested in racing as my father had always worked in the sport. I was exposed to it at a young age.
He made me wait awhile before my first race. I did get to drive, but only in practice situations. I could have raced earlier, but my dad wanted to wait until I was going to be competitive. So when the first race rolled around, I was ready to go. Needless to say I won!
Growing up, there was a DTM team based in my home town. As a young racer, that was always my dream. F1 seemed far away, and touring cars were what I focused on. I never knew if Iwas good enough to race professionally but I just kept trying. Winning the German karting championship was a big step toward that dream.
Q: What kind of cars have you raced? Any favorites?
PT: I’ve driven karts, touring cars, open wheel, DTM, sports cars, front wheel drive, rear wheel drive, four wheel drive… basically every kind of car out there! I really enjoyed the WTCC car. I was quite successful in them, and I had a lot of support from the team.
Q: What event that you have competed in did you enjoy the most?
PT: The race that I enjoyed most is the Grand Prix of Macau. It is a 7km long street circuit that is just spectacular and challenging. The atmosphere is amazing too. Many of the great names in motorsport have driven Macau and it was thrilling to get to race there.
Q: After your successes in Europe, why are you interested in racing in North America?
PT: I want to continue my career in the USA for many reasons. My fiancé Katherine (Legge) opened my eyes to the racing here. It is one of the only things I have not yet done in my career, and there is a fantastic atmosphere and aura about North American motorsport. There are also some fantastic tracks that I’d like to try my hand at.
Q: What are your greatest strengths as a racing driver? What do you want to improve?
PT: I give 100% in the car no matter what. I fight hard. I am good at car setup and a strong team player. But mostly, I can hustle the race car to a good finish.
There are always areas to improve and learn new things, and I hope to become a more well-rounded race driver.
New Volkswagen Golf24 Challenges “The Green Hell”
NURBURG, Germany, June 24, 2011–Sportscar ace Peter Terting is set to take part in the legendary 24-hour race at the Nurburgring this weekend as part of the development process of the all new Volkswagen Golf24.
Widely acknowledged as one the preeminent development drivers for his ability to rapidly bring a new car up to speed, Terting will have two cycles around-the-clock to provide critical feedback in the maturation process of the car.
In preparation for this renowned and grueling event, Terting and his team completed a successful test at the Nürburgring in March-and the Volkswagen Golf24 saw its first race action at the demanding circuit in a 4 hour event in April. Despite a tire puncture, Terting and the Golf24 team was able to recover for a 20th place overall finish out of a field of 200 entries.
24 hour endurance races are always a challenge for both man and machine, perhaps none more so than the legendary Nürburgring 24. The course itself is over twelve miles long and has evolved-since its inception in 1927-into what is considered one of the toughest and most difficult circuits in the world.
A combination of both public highway and purpose built racecourse and built within a picturesque forest setting, the Nürburgring’s Nordschlieffe circuit was appropriately dubbed “Green Hell” by Formula 1 World Champion Jackie Stewart for both its challenge and setting.
In 2011, Terting will be teamed with fellow Volkswagen factory pilot René Rast, as well as former Formula 1 stars Johnny Herbert and Mark Blundell. Rounding out the lineup is DTM veteran Edoardo Mortara.
Follow Peter Terting and the Golf24 team’s progress in the 2011 24 hours of the Nurburgring at the event’s official website, and stay tuned as Terting continues to pursue opportunities to bring his speed and experience to an elite road racing series in the United States.
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Peter Terting and the Golf24 take on the “Green Hell” during March testing. In a spectacular new racing version the Volkswagen Golf, Peter returns to the Nürburgring-Nordschleife for the legendary 24-hour race from 23 to 26 June 2011. After first tests in Portugal and Italy, and a recent four hour VLN race, the Golf24 is getting ready for the famous Nürburingring “Nordschleife”. In this video, development Ace, Peter Terting, takes the Golf24 through its paces on the legendary circuit.
Volkswagen Motorsport recently described Peter Terting as one of their “young guns” of endurance racing. Terting continued to prove his worth this weekend in the 2nd Round of the VLN Championship by sharing the driving duties in two different VW entries in the field of some 200 cars.
The 36th DMV 4 Hour Race started on April 30th at its usual 12 o’clock exactly, with glorious sunshine setting the stage for the day on the Nordschleife circuit at the famed Nürburgring. Terting’s endurance skills were on display in an SP3T class VW Scirocco for LMS Engineering, as well as the spectacular Golf24, where Terting has been instrumental in its development this season.
The SP3T class has become increasingly popular this season, with an amazing 22 cars in the class at the start of the long-distance race. LMS Engineering enjoyed a class win and 22nd overall with Terting and teammate, Maik Rosenberg. Terting’s team also set a fastest lap of 8:53.263 on the day. The two LMS Sciroccos were dominant again, with Terting and Rosenberg colleagues, Akata and Krognes, taking 2nd in class. Terting and Rosenberg take the lead in the VLN Championship standings with their victory.
Golf24 touring car features a revised 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine from the VW Group
Called the Golf24, the racer is a (permanent) all-wheel drive touring car based on the VW Golf VI which boasts an output of 440 HP (324 kW) and has already been tested in Portugal and Italy. The Golf24 features a revised 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbocharged power plant from VW Group with a maximum torque of 540 Nm mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox with paddle shifters.
Volkswagen’s last “factory” fielding of the Golf on the famous roller-coaster circuit of the Nürburgring dates back to 2007 at which time the front-wheel drive vehicle that delivered about 300 hp finished in eighth place overall, in front of numerous favorites. As the competitiveness of the event has enormously increased since then, a new technical concept was required.
To prepare for the legendary 24-hour race, the Golf24 is undergoing extensive testing and development. After initial tests at Portimão, Portugal, back in December and further tests at Vallelunga, Italy, VW continued its preparation for the big event with a 3-day-test recently at the Nürburgring circuit.
Another three test races in the Endurance Championship on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife are planned, the first one will be this weekend at the DMV-4-hours-race on April 30, 2011. Behind the steering wheel we will see the two factory drivers Peter Terting and Nicki Thiim. Terting successfully completed two seasons in DTM with ABT Sportsline in 2003 and 2004.
With the new Golf24, VW is continuing their successful commitment at the Nürburgring 24-hour race. The event enjoys huge popularity, is one of the true classics in motorsport. However, due to its extreme distance and unique race track, it also represents a very big technical challenge for both man and machine. Peter Terting is up to that challenge.
Volkswagen Motorsport continued its preparation for the 2011 24 Hours Nürburgring event with a 3-day-test recently at the Nürburgring circuit, also known as “Green Hell” to its participants. The main focus was on the setup of the 440 HP Golf, as well as the testing of different components—including suspension analysis.
Peter Terting and Nicki Thiim alternated behind the steering wheel of the brand new all-wheel-driver, on the Nürburgring Nordschleife (north loop). They logged numerous testing miles before the team headed to Portiamo, Portugal to continue its rigorous testing program.
Terting and his Volkswagen team are off to a great start developing the new car, as well as demonstrating exemplary on-track performance, as evidenced by their results at the Nürburgring Nordschleife during the 58th ADAC Westfalenfahrt on April 2nd—a grueling four hour endurance feature.
In the competitive SP3T class, Terting and teammate, Maik Rosenberg, took home the Class Victory in their LMS Scirocco and the result lists showed them finishing 14th overall in a field of 114 classified cars.
Volkswagen will enter the ADC Zurich 24 Hour Race at the Nürburgring (25th/26th June) with the spectacular Golf24. Until then, the team will participate at several races of the VLN Endurance Championship.
TERTING BRINGS STYLE, SKILL TO AMERICAN SPORTS CAR RACING
INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011 – Versatile international driver Peter Terting is bringing his skill, focus and style to America to pursue a career in top-level sports car racing.
“I’ve enjoyed racing primarily in Europe for the last decade, but I’ve always wanted to compete in America,” Terting said. “I’m committed to finding the ideal opportunity in sports cars in the States, and I think my passion, personality and speed will be a perfect fit in any elite series.”
Terting, 27, comes to America with vast experience in an impressive array of racing machinery.
Winning the German Karting Championship in 1998 catapulted Terting into open-wheel car racing in the German Formula BMW Championship in 2000. He then switched to touring cars, winning the German Volkswagen Lupo Cup title in 2002.
That success helped Terting land a ride in an Audi touring car in 2003 with the elite Abt Sportsline team in the prestigious DTM. He competed with Spanish car giant SEAT in the SEAT Leon Supercopa series in 2004, finishing second in the series standings in an Abt Sportsline entry.
Terting then moved to the world stage in 2005-06, competing in the FIA World Touring Car Championship as a factory driver for SEAT Sport. He earned one victory in each of those two seasons and also continued to race for Abt Sportsline in other series.
Since 2007, Terting has continued to expand his considerable skills by racing in numerous sports car and touring car series in Europe, including the WTCC, GT Open Prototype and Endurance Cup, German Formula Masters and GT Masters and VLN.
Terting also has used his charismatic personality throughout his motorsports career to bond with the public in a variety of non-racing roles. He has served as an instructor and demonstration driver at racing schools and at corporate motorsports events, and he also has served as a commentator for SEAT Supercopa championship races.
“The fans and general public seem to have much more access to the drivers in American racing, and that’s something I really enjoy,” Terting said. “I’m really looking forward to getting to know American fans. I’m very serious about my racing, but I like to have fun, too. I think they’ll like what they see!”
GRand Solutions LLC, based in Indianapolis, is representing Terting in his pursuit of a sports car racing opportunity.
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